Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Black Magic

Black Magic
Title: Black Magic
Author: Dinah Johnson
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie 
Publication Date: 2010  
Genre/Format: Poetry/Picture Book  
Summary: In this book written in rhyme, a little girl celebrates the color black.  She describes what black means to her.  
What I Think: The title of this book caught my eye because Peanut loves the color black, he says it's his favorite and he wants everything to be black.  I love the similes and metaphors in this book as the main character talks about what the color black means to her.  The illustrations are great too and match the words and feelings of the text.  
Read Together: K - 8  
Read Alone: 3 - 8  
Read With: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss; The Giver by Lois Lowry  Snatch of Text: "Black is loud like my best tap shoes making happy noise with every move, and black is quiet like a butterfly."
Reading Strategies to Practice: Visualization, Making Connections  
Writing Strategies to Practice: Simile, Metaphor, Descriptive Writing, Poetry   
Writing Prompts: Write about your favorite color and how it makes you feel.  Write about the emotions that you feel when you see a certain color.  
Topics Covered: Feelings
Translated to Spanish: No

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